Sustainable Horticulture/Permaculture Level 5

General

Program Description

Sustainable Horticulture / Permaculture

Sustainable Horticulture/Permaculture is a science-based course offering a practical and wide-ranging learning experience in a unique and thriving college community. Kinsale has a strong tradition of food and farming, as well as providing a near-idyllic environment for exploring ecology and the natural environment. The course is a mixture of classroom-based talks, practical activities, site visits, master classes from a range of visiting specialists and group project work.

About The Course

Sustainable Horticulture/Permaculture is a science-based course offering a practical and wide-ranging learning experience in a unique and thriving college community. Kinsale has a strong tradition of food and farming, as well as providing a near-idyllic environment for exploring ecology and the natural environment. The course is a mixture of classroom-based talks, practical activities, site visits, master classes from a range of visiting specialists and group project work.

The practical aspects of the course include:

  • The development of the college grounds along permaculture design principles.
  • Working in the college herb and vegetable gardens.
  • Landscaping and practising green building techniques.

The emphasis of the course is on practical skills that students can apply in their own lives and gain professional qualifications to access employment, developing their careers or continuing to 3rd level courses in horticulture, landscape design or related subjects.

The course is useful to anyone interested in landscape design, organic horticulture, community development, environmental education and sustainable resource management, and can lead to work or further training in these areas.

Modul Info & Codes

Permaculture Design: 5N1617
Biodiversity and the Natural Environment: 5N2547 Organic Production: 5N2549
Plant Protection: 5N2546
Plant Science: 5N2528
Plant Identification & Use: 5N2527
Soil Science & Growing Media: 5N2530
Work Practice: 5N1433
Team Working: 5N0690

How to Apply & Application Deadline

Applications for all our courses will be available on the website and in the college from 1st week in January 2018 for all courses commencing in September 2018.

Interviews will be held for all courses later in the year generally in May/June.

Career Opportunities

Graduates from the course will be well equipped to pursue a range of employment and business opportunities. Several past students now supply fresh vegetables from their market gardens to customers and restaurants around the Kinsale area. Other opportunities are available in diverse fields including ecology, environmental education, plant nurseries, garden centres, landscape design and sustainable resource management.

Further Studies

Students who successfully complete the Level 5 Award in Sustainable Horticulture will be eligible to apply for the Level 6 Award in Kinsale College.

  • BA in Sustainable Resource Management, Tipperary Institute
  • BSc Horticulture, Cork Institute of Technology
  • BSc Herbal Science, Cork Institute of Technology
  • WIT/Kildalton College: BSc Horticulture
  • WIT/National Botanic Gardens: BSc Horticulture
  • UCD: BAgrSc Hons Horticulture, Landscape and Sports Turf Management
  • UCD: BSc Hons Landscape Architecture

Other Info

Participants will be required to undertake 40 days of work placement in a suitable environment. The College will assist participants in identifying suitable placements.

Last updated February 2018

About the School

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Education in this country is currently experiencing great change. We in Kinsale College are constantly reviewing our approach to the teaching of learners to meet these challenges. We are continuously developing and adapting our courses to reflect changes in work practices across the industry and our links with businesses in Kinsale and the wider country. We welcome learners of all ages, nationalities and abilities including mature students who wish to return to education and training. Read less